Former Coach and Teammate Remember Red Raider Player Killed in Car Crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/13/04

Former Coach and Teammate Remember Red Raider Player Killed in Car Crash

Former Red Raiders basketball player, Bubba Jennings reflects upon his time on the court with Ray Irvin who was killed in a car accident Saturday. "It's something you keep thinking didn't happen, it'll be all right and it's not, it's tough to deal with," says Jennings, current Assistant Basketball Coach at Texas Tech.

Jennings says Irvin always stuck up for him during games. "There would always be a guy hassling me and he'd tell me 'Bring him off of this back screen' and he'd set it and it would be a bone shattering back screen. So that would free me up for a shot."

Irvin was part of the 1984 and 1985 Southwest Conference Championship teams. Former coach and current Athletic Director, Gerald Myers says His Irvin was a good influence on and off the court. "He was a good basketball player, but Ray was a better person. He was a guy that got along well with his teammates."

Irvin's success carried over to his personal life in the financial field and his life at home, where he was a good father to his children. Myers says they'll have great memories of him and his contributions to the team.

Jennings says he and Irvin shared a rare and special bond and that this loss is more than losing a teammate. "We kinda grew together and it's like losing a member of a family when you lose somebody like that."

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